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Hidden Magic: Secret things to see and do at Disney World

Little girl with the seven dwarfs

One of my favourite things about visiting Disney World is that there are so many different layers and extras to look out for in addition to the big attractions. Every time you visit you’ll notice or discover something new that you didn’t realise was there before!

What with FastPasses, Advanced Dining Reservations and more experiences to fit in, it’s tempting to just rush from place to place. But if you take a little extra time to notice your surroundings, you might be able to spot some of these hidden Disney World secrets….

Secrets to spot in Disney’s Magic Kingdom Parkcinderella-castle-main-street

Peter Pan’s Flight

If you look very carefully, you will see some building blocks: they spell out P PAN and DISNEY

Main Street USA

Make sure you read the signs on the windows; they are all tributes to people who have contributed to the park and the Disney Company. My personal favourite is “If We Can Dream It – We Can Do It!” by Roy O. Disney – Dreamers & Doers Development Co.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

In between mouthfuls of The Grey Stuff (try it – it’s delicious!), look up at the ceiling. The cherubs that are painted there have all been given the faces of Disney Imagineers’ children.

Haunted Mansion

If you look at the board with the waiting times and it says there’s a 13-minute wait, then head right over – it means that there is no queue!   This also applies at the Tower of Terror in Hollywood Studios.

The Liberty Tree

There are 13 lanterns hung on this real oak tree. They represent the original 13 colonies of the USA.

Secrets to spot at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosDisney's Hollywood Studios

Muppet*Vision 3D

Can you see a door mat on the floor? Take a look underneath it …

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Check out the licence plates on the ‘cars’. They include: 1QKLIMO, UGOGIRL, BUHBYE, 2FAST4U and H8TRFFC.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

There is SO much Hidden Magic on this ride! Just one thing to look out for is the plaque on the wall behind the concierge desk; it seems that the hotel has won the AAA 13 Diamond Award??
Read more freaky facts about the Tower of Terror

Secrets to spot at EPCOTSpaceship Earth at EPCOT

UK Pavilion

Go to the back of the Toy Soldier shop and look for the coat rack in the library. It is addressed to Mr Banks, 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London. Sound familiar? Mr Banks is the father in Mary Poppins!

China Pavilion

Stand in the middle of the temple and say something. The building was designed to be acoustically perfect so you will hear your voice echoing right back at you.

Club Cool

Head over to the “Beverly” drink from Italy and pretend to take a big gulp. Then rave about how yummy it is and get everyone else to try some, then watch their faces. It is definitely an acquired taste!

Secrets to spot at Animal Kingdom ParkDisney's Animal Kingdom

The Entrance Sign

Ever noticed the unicorn on the sign? In the original plans there was meant to be a “Beastly Kingdom” featuring mythical creatures, but it never came to fruition except for this legacy on the sign.

Dinoland

Look for the sign Highway 498; this is a reference to the park’s opening date, April 1998.

Tusker House

If you sit in the outside dining area, listen out for noises coming out of the kitchen like broken dishes. There are many secret places all over Disney World where you can hear snippets of conversations and the lives of the people who ‘live’ there.

Disney Cast Member SecretsGirl whispering to Cinderella

The Disney World Cast Members (Disney’s name for their park staff) have some of their own secret codes which are fun to listen out for.

If you hear that there is a Code V on a ride vehicle, best to avoid it; this means that someone has been sick! A 101 means that an attraction has broken down, and 102 means that it is back up and running again.

Do you know any other hidden Disney World secrets? Share them for us to look out for next time we’re at Disney World!

About the author:

Janine has been to Florida 8 times in the last 12 years and is a self-confessed Disney World addict! She has an 8-year-old daughter who is one of the “Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World” kids. Janine loves to write and has contributed to several Disney-inspired blogs. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram
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